The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) says it is introducing innovative products by reinventing itself through leveraging on digitalisation to compete in the global space.

Mr Bisi Adegbuyi, the Postmaster-General of NIPOST made this known at the commemoration of the World Post Day in Abuja.

“There is so much to be gained from diversifying our products going by the present trend.

“There is so much to be gained from this transformation, you must satisfy your customers who are with the money. We are reinventing ourselves by leveraging on digitisation.

“And with all the strong political support we are getting from the Federal Government and the parliament, they have demonstrated their total commitment and their readiness to pass laws that will diversify the productive space of this country and ensure that the postal revolution is achieved.

“As we stand to meet the United Nations Development Goals, we should not forget that the postal infrastructure as the enabler of inclusive development and a key platform for delivering public services important to the attainment of the SDGs.

“So, NIPOST is introducing International Postal Service Track and Trace System, Mobile Electronic Stamp, Address Verification System and financial inclusive services.

“All these are to ensure that the post meets current demands of customers and to make the post viable with the collaboration of other government agencies like the CBN and the private sector,’’ he said.

Adegbuyi called on all citizens to come on board and join hands with NIPOST to make the agency a successful revenue generating organisation for the nation.

Mr Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications said that with the kind of infrastructure and trained personnel that NIPOST has, the agency could serve as a life wire for development.

He said that with the vast offices nationwide including assets such as lands and vehicles, NIPOST was a game changer if all hands were put on deck.

Shittu also called on lawmakers to fast track the postal bill for quick transformation.

NAN reports that about 150 countries take part in celebrating the World Post Day every year.

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Some countries use the commemoration to promote their new postal services or products as well as rewarding their employees for good services.

Others also organise philatelic (stamps) exhibitions and issue new stamps.

Some of the events usually lined up for the occasion include displaying posters on World Post Day in post offices and in public places.

Public conferences, seminars and workshops including cultural, sport, and recreational activities are also part of the celebrations.

The theme for the year’s celebration is: “Transform to remain an enabler of inclusiveness development and an essential component of the global economy’’.

NAN reports that the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the world body of postal agencies was established in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland and its anniversary is celebrated on Oct. 9, every year.

The anniversary of the UPU was declared as the World Post Day by the Universal Postal Union Congress in Tokyo, Japan in 1969.

On Jan. 1, 1985, NIPOST was established from the postal division of the Post and Telecommunications Department.